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About CPS

The Commission on Public Schools (CPS), one of three K-12 commissions within NEASC, accredits and supports public elementary, middle, and high schools, and career and technical schools/centers throughout the six states of New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With a structured, ongoing cycle of self-reflection, peer review, school improvement, and monitoring, CPS assists schools to ensure that all students experience a high quality education.

Through the efforts of elected Commission members, professional and support staff, and over 1200 educators and administrators who volunteer their time to serve as professional peer reviewers each year, more than 725 diverse public schools from across New England are NEASC/CPS Accredited or Candidates for Accreditation. The Commission is organized into three distinct committees in order to offer specialized Accreditation assistance to our member schools:

Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools

The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS), was established in 1987 in response to the needs of school systems to provide an evaluative structure for their elementary and middle schools. Over the past decade, in their desire to develop comprehensive school improvement plans, many schools have committed to the Committee’s threefold accreditation process.

CPEMS Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Kathleen A. Montagano, Ed.D. - Associate Director, CPS

Committee on Public Secondary Schools

The Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) works in partnership with member high schools throughout the six states of New England to ensure that all students experience an equitable, high quality education.

CPSS Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Alyson M. Geary - Deputy Director, CPS

Committee on Technical and Career Institution

The Committee on Technical and Career Institutions (CTCI), accredits comprehensive technical high schools and career centers throughout New England. Career and Technical Education (CTE) in New England is delivered through a variety of models, including but not limited to: comprehensive technical high schools, technical career centers, vocational and agricultural high schools, agricultural high schools, Job Corps Centers, and vocational aquaculture centers. A common pedagogy unites all CTE approaches: a belief that students are most engaged when teaching is personalized, inquiry-based, applied to real world situations, and problem/project-based. A key feature of CTE is on-the-job experiential learning. CTE programs are STEAM based (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), aligned with career pathways, and combine rigorous academic and technical curriculums that lead students to earn stackable credentials, licensure, and hours toward state apprenticeships.

History of CTCI

In 1968, the then Executive Committee of NEASC appointed an ad hoc committee to survey vocational, technical education in the six New England states to determine if the need existed for an accreditation process to serve that community of institutions. Following an intensive two-year study, the ad hoc committee in 1970 recommended to the Executive Committee of the Association that a Commission on Vocational, Technical Institutions be created. The Executive Committee favorably acted upon the recommendation, and the Commission was established effective December 2, 1970. The Executive Committee, in consultation with the ad hoc committee and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, determined that the purview of the new Commission would be secondary (9-12 and 9-PG) and postsecondary institutions (non-degree and associate degree). The name of the Commission was officially changed to add the word "Career" on December 7, 1975. A further name change was approved in 1992 when the Commission became the Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. In 1994, the Commission was granted baccalaureate degree jurisdiction for institutions that offer a baccalaureate degree and whose mission remains career and technical in nature. In 2002 it was determined that all degree granting postsecondary institutions would move to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) over a five-year transition period. That process was completed in December 2008.

CTCI Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Bruce Sievers - Associate Director, CPS

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NEASC Overview

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical/career institutions, colleges and universities in New England plus international schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. Founded in 1885, NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education – from Pre-Kindergarten to the doctoral level - longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.